Vehicle safety should be a standard that knows no borders, and no matter where you are in the world, your car should be as safe as possible.
In this crash test, the Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Grand i10 2023, Hyundai’s most popular cars in the US and Mexican markets respectively, were tested. The results of the crash showed that the Grand i10’s body shell was severely collapsed, the doors collapsed, the A-pillar bent and the steering wheel moved backward.
The Accent, on the other hand, is much better, with no serious deformation of the exterior and six airbags inside, providing better protection. Global NCAP states that in a real-life collision between the two cars, the Accent driver and passenger would be slightly injured at best, while the Grand i10 passenger would be seriously injured at least.
Global NCAP has also found a huge difference in safety between Hyundai’s most popular cars in different markets. Ironically, the Hyundai Accent is also manufactured in Mexico, but consumers there do not have access to the full range of vehicle safety. Global NCAP suggests that it is the level of regulation and consumer preference that leads to such a wide gap in safety across markets.
In Mexico, entry-level cars offer little protection for front drivers and passengers.
Global NCAP launched the #SaferCarsForIndia program in 2014 to promote proper car ownership in emerging markets and help promote safer vehicles and urge local consumers to resist the sale of unsafe vehicles in emerging markets.